The Edge Theatre's seventh annual Edgy Awards on Dec. 11 was a bittersweet one for the Lakewood-based theater company. It was an opportunity to celebrate a dynamic year on the stage, but it was also the last Edgy ceremony of this iteration of The Edge.
Artistic directors Rick and Patty Yaconis are taking some time off, after seven years and 56 productions, including multiple regional premieres, a few world premieres, and even a musical.
The Edge will do two shows in 2018, “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Death of A Salesman,” and in June, the Benchmark Theatre Company, started by Haley Johnson and Rachel Bouchard, will take over for the rest of 2018.
“We didn't want to do eight shows a year any more — it's too much,” Rick said. “We're not sure what 2019 will look like, but we hope you will all still want to be part of The Edge.”
So, not only was the ceremony a chance to honor the best of the year, it was also a chance to honor both Rick and Patty, and the community they built. Actors, directors and technical staff who have been a part of multiple productions were recognized, and everyone pitched in to make a video for Rick and Patty, and everything they've achieved over the years.
“The Edge is a family of theater makers and goers that support Colorado playwrights,” said Jeffery Neuman, who wrote 2015's “Exit Strategies.” “That's really special, and rare to find.”
What the future holds may be uncertain, but the bonds forged at The Edge won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
“This place, these people,” said frequent actor and director Missy Moore, speaking for many. “I wouldn't have any of it any other way.”
Here's a list of the 2017 winners, and some of the best comments heard at the evening's celebrations.
Outstanding supporting actor — Drew Horwitz for his performance as Larry in “Burn This”: “I had an amazing time on this show. I'm really grateful to work here with such amazing and kind people,” he said.
Outstanding supporting actress — Abby Apple Boes for her performance as Beatrice Carbone in “A View from the Bridge”: “I loved playing Beatrice, and loved working at The Edge," said Boes. "It was such a beautiful cast to be a part of.”
Design achievement: Michael R. Duncan for set design work on “A Delicate Balance”: “This was a great show to work on, and what I love about The Edge is the pertinent theater they always do. I'm so grateful I can come here and see real theater being done.”
Rick's Picks: Chosen by Rick Yaconis
Rich Munoz, Master Carpenter Emeritus at The Edge.
Carlos Flores, for a variety of behinds the scenes achievement, including sound design on “Misery.”
Ronan Viard for his role as the waiter in “Dinner.”
Outstanding ensemble — “A Delicate Balance”
Outstanding lead actor — Warren Sherrill for his performance as Chauncey Miles in “The Nance”: “This theater just brings the talent in. This show was one of my favorite shows I've ever done.”
Outstanding lead actress — Emma Messenger for her performance as Annie Wilkes in “Misery”: “My heart is so full right now. Rick was looking for a part for me, and he thought, `oh, of course, Annie Wilkes.'”
Outstanding director — Josh Hartwell for “Bad Jews.”
Outstanding production — “The Nance”: “This show was such a team effort,” said Rick, who directed the show. “The cast was so beautiful, and every one became family during `The Nance'”
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